Montgomery County Man Sentenced to ten Years in Prison for Possession of Child Pornography, USAO-MD, Department of Justice

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Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Theodore J. Chuang sentenced Robert Michael Busching, age 26, of Clarksburg, Maryland, today to ten years in prison, followed by fifteen years of supervised release, for possession of and access with intent to view child pornography. Judge Chuang ordered that Busching must pay restitution of $Five,000, to be apportioned among three victims whose sexual manhandle was documented in some of the child pornography Busching possessed. Judge Chuang also ordered that upon his release from prison, Busching must register as a hook-up offender in the place where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Lovemaking Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to Busching’s prayer agreement, inbetween February 13, two thousand fourteen and August 26, 2014, Busching used an internet-based cloud storage system to wield, and to access with intent to view, child pornography. On March 7, 2014, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a CyberTipline report from the cloud storage system in reference to suspected files of child pornography being uploaded to one of their accounts. The account was being accessed from an IP address assigned to Busching’s residence in Clarksburg.

On September 9, 2014, agents from the FBI executed a search warrant at Busching’s residence and seized his desktop computer. Agents also interviewed Busching, who advised that he had been communicating with someone in an online talk site who provided Busching with the username and password to access various cloud storage accounts containing child pornography. Busching further admitted the he created two extra accounts, added movies of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct to both accounts, and collective links to the accounts he created with other people he met in the online talk site. Investigation displayed that Busching accessed the cloud storage accounts, which contained more than six hundred photos of child pornography, on a number of occasions inbetween February 12, two thousand fourteen and August 26, 2014.

Judge Chuang ordered that the federal sentence be served concurrent to the sentence imposed for violating his probation in Maryland v. Robert Busching, Montgomery County Circuit Court, Case No. 117672C. In that case, Busching was convicted of distribution of child pornography and on March 17, 2011, was sentenced to seven years in prison, with all but five days suspended, followed by five years of supervised probation.

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